Neus Sabaté studied Physics at the University of Barcelona and started her research career in the field of silicon-based sensors for industrial applications. She obtained her PhD in 2003 at the Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona (IMB-CNM) and joined different research institutions during her postdoc (LAAS–CNRS Toulouse, University of Barcelona, IZM Fraunhofer Berlin). Back to IMB-CNM in 2006 she started a research line in microfabricated fuel cells that evolved to the biodegradable electrochemical power sources she develops today. In 2015 she obtained an ERC-Consolidator Grant to develop single-use paper fuel cells as key components of a new generation of affordable and efficient point-of-care devices. She also co-founded Fuelium SL in 2016, a spin-off company that aims to commercialize paper batteries and autonomous and simple solutions for single use devices in the diagnostic sector. The spin-off is running successfully for the fourth year now and she will be here to share with us the journey from academy to entrepreneurship, its perks, failures, challenges and of course the road to success!
Project Coordinator & Associate Scientist at Barcelona Liver Bioservices (BLB)
Scientific Assistant at ALBA Synchrotron, Barcelona Synchrotron Park, Cerdanyola del Valles, Barcelona
Prof. Salvador Ferrer Fábregas is a physics graduate (University of Barcelona) and Doctor of Physics (Autonomous University of Madrid). His scientific career is focussed on surface chemistry and surface physics, especially the magnetic properties of the surface of materials. He has taught at the Autonomous University of Madrid and did postdoctoral research at Berkeley (California, USA). Since 1988 Salvador has been working with synchrotron beamlines. He was the principal beamline scientist at the European Synchrotron in Grenoble (France) from 1988 to 2004 and he has since then worked at the Alba synchrotron, where he was Research Director until 2011. Presently, he is an Associate Scientific Advisor at ALBA since 2012. He has participated in “How the ALBA Synchrotron aids in quantum information. Research into materials and surfaces.” Also he has been honored with the Spanish Vacuum Society (ASEVA) “All a devoted career” award for his outstanding contributions to the study of surface properties and to the development of characterization experimental techniques, noticeably in the field of X-ray diffraction, and for his crucial contribution to the creation and operation of the ALBA Synchrotron. At the JPhD2020 guest lecture, he will share with us about the incredible synchrotron technology and its potential applications, as well as some of the recent results from ALBA synchrotron centre.